The Labour Standards Code has rules about when children may be employed in Nova Scotia. The laws about the employment of children do not apply to people who are 16 years and over.The law generally divides children into two groups: those under 14 and those under 16.
It is against the law to pay wages to a child under the age of 14 to do work that:
It is against the law to employ a child under 14 to do work:
The Labour Standards Code says that no one is to employ a child under the age of 16 in certain types of work, such as:
Employers may employ children aged 14 and 15 to work in restaurants provided they make sure these employees:
The rules regarding children under 16 years of age not being allowed to work in the types of businesses identified previously do not apply to a situation where an employer employs a 14 or 15 year old member of their own family. However, an employer who employs a family member under the age of 14 must still comply with the rules outlined previously for children under 14.
Any parent or guardian of a child whose employment violates the Labour Standards Code can be fined unless they can prove that the child worked without their knowledge.
Complaints about employers hiring under aged children are treated as priority complaints by Labour Standards. If you have concerns about the employment of under aged children, please contact Labour Standards immediately.
Cooking equipment is equipment used to prepare food by heating: e.g., stoves, deep fryers, grills, ovens, etc.
For more information on children working in restaurants, safety and safety training see these websites.
If you have any questions, please contact Labour Standards.